From Bobby Valentine... The “poor soul” in Psalm 34 testifies to many aspects of life that find expression in my own heart. One of the most wonderful are these words, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears” (v.4). What a testimony of faith in the God of … Continue reading Do Not Fear
From Irresistible Faith: Becoming the Kind of Christian The World Can't Resist by Scott Sauls... One practical way we can hear the Father's voice more clearly is to practice what Scripture calls "speaking the truth in love" (Ephesians 4:15) with each other. We must, as writer Ann Voskamp once said, "only speak words that make … Continue reading How to Change the World in 1 Simple Step
This week at Camp Blue Haven we are studying the New Testament book of Ephesians. The apostle Paul's letter to the Christians in Ephesus and the surrounding towns is inspiring, challenging, and theologically rich. Here's an overview of this wonderful letter that you can watch in less than 10 minutes... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y71r-T98E2Q
Since Memorial Day is a day of remembrance (particularly of sacrifices made for our benefit), the words of Psalm 103:1-5 seem appropriate as they remind us of all that our Lord provides us with through his grace and selflessness: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! … Continue reading A Memorial Day Psalm
This past weekend at Alameda Church of Christ was our annual Ray Evans Seminar with guest speaker Dr. Charles Rix, who is the Dean of the College of Biblical Studies at Oklahoma Christian University. The theme was "The Old Testament Roots of Our Faith," and as Dr. Rix connected the dots between the Old and … Continue reading Moving Forward
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Romans 6. I particularly love the beautiful portrait it paints of baptism. There, the apostle Paul presents baptism (immersion in water, as defined by the Greek term that's used in Romans 6, for the purification from sin) as... Participation in the Gospel of Christ - just … Continue reading Alive in Christ!
Last week I was in a Discovery Bible Study with a couple of people, discussing a portion of the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman in John 4. The story presents a beautiful portrait of Jesus as he pays no attention to the cultural, ethnic, gender, and social biases that govern too many of … Continue reading He Sees Me
Do Christians today still have to follow the Ten Commandments of the Old Testament? That may seem like a ridiculous question to ask, but popular mega-church preacher and author Andy Stanley answers with an emphatic "no!" And he is completely wrong. Over the years, I have learned some helpful things about leadership, organization, communication, and … Continue reading Are the Ten Commandments Still Relevant?
Colossians 3:1-17 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, … Continue reading How to Live Your Life